Inquiry Into Whether the Merger of Ground Electronics Engineering Installation Agency With Air Force Communications Service Would Require Expansion of the On-Base Telephone System

Published by the Government Accountability Office on 1971-11-11.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

rr   1            r-

                                    COMPTROLLER     GENERAL   0

                   B-1 69353

                   Dear Mr. Moss:

                           On August 19, 1970,     we reported to you on our inquiry        into
                   the merger of Headquarters,        Ground Electronics        Engineering
             ,i    Installation     Agency, with    Headquarters,   Air Force Communications        Lo-'-
                   Service (AFCS). You had         asked whether the merger would require
         /         the Air Force to further        expand the on-base telephone system at
                   Richards-Gebaur     Air Force    Base, Missouri.    / .*i<?----
                           We advised you that firm information      on projected  telephone
                   communications requirements       for Richards-Gebaur    was not available
                      nhat    time~*that    we would follow up this matter at an appro-
                   iriate   future date; and that we would inquire       into whether AFCS
                   planned to expand the telephone facilities         to be used by
                   Headquarters,      Southern Communications Area, at either Tinker Air
                   Force Base, Oklahoma, or Oklahoma City Air Force Station,            Oklahoma.

                            In our inquiries we found that the Air Force did not plan to
                   expand those systems,       At Richards-Gebaur,    Headquarters, AFCS,
                   officials     advised us that they had no plans to expand the telephone
                   system beyond the capacity of 1,600 lines which was provided         for
                   at the time of the merger and that they would not consider
                   expansion unless the utilization        of the system exceeded 93 percent,
                   or 1,488 lines.

                          This rate of utilization        was attained    in July 1971; however,
                   AFCS made a concerted effort         to reduce the utilization        which
                   brought it down to 88 percent, or 1,408 lines,               as of September
                   1971.    This reduction,     according to those officials,         will provide
                   a buffer   for possible future requirements,             They stated, however,
                   that, if a large organization          should relocate     to Richards-Gebaur,
                   the buffer would not be sufficient           and expansion of the system would
                   become necessary.

                         In addition     to holding discussions with AFCS officials,     we
                   examined the proposed fiscal      year 1972 AFCS operating    budget for
                   Richards-Gebaur     that had been submitted to Headquarters,      AFCS,
                   for approval.     It showed that $228,300 had been budgeted for the

                                           50TH   ANNIVERSARY     1921-   1971 j7!%6$--

    telephone systema This is an increase of $36,900 over the budgeted
    cost for fiscal     year 1971; and, according to the budget document,
    was intended to cover increased utilization           of the system from 1,400
    lines to 1,500 lines.        AFCS officials    were of the opinion,    however,
    that, since the utilization       of the system had been reduced to 88
    percent,   the fiseal    year 1972 cost would probably be only slightly
    more than the cost projected       for fiscal year 1971e      On the basis of
    this information,     it appears that expenditures       for operation    of the
    telephone system during fiscal         year 19'72 will not be significantly

           At Headquarters,    Southern Communications Area, Oklahoma City
    Air Force Station,      we were informed by AFCS officials     that the
    headquarters * telephone service was provided by the stationqs
    telephone system. Therefore        we did not inquire   into the status of
    the system at Tinker Air Force Base, since that system was not
    involved    in the merger.

           The officials    advised us that AFCS did not plan to expand the
    telephone system serving the headquarters        beyond the capacity of
    400 lines which existed at the time of the merger.         Headquarters
    is presently      using 253 lines,   or about 63 percent of the system's
    capacity,    and is attempting     to reduce that rate of utilization.

          We trust that the information  presented is responsive   to your
   needs.    We shall be pleased to render any further   assistance you
   may desire.

          We are not providing    the Department of the Air Force with
    copies of this report.     We plan to make no further     distribution     of
    this report unless copies are specifically     requested,      and then we
    shall make distribution    only after your agreement has been obtained
    or public announcement has been made by you concerning           the contents
    of the report*

                                                     Sincerely   yours,

                                         ,"!DuW]     Comptroller  General
                                                     of the United States

    The Honorable John E. Moss
r 1 House of Representatives